Please Don't Call My Cervix Incompetent
13 days ago - By The Atlantic
If you haven't been pregnant, you'd be forgiven for thinking the language of pregnancy is all baby bumps, bundles of joy, and comparisons to variously sized fruits. But in the doctor's office, it's a different story. The medical lexicon for moms-to-be can be downright harsh. Case in point: the phrase geriatric pregnancy , which, until recently, was used to refer to anyone pregnant after their 35th birthday. This unfortunate term is thought to stem from a concept that dates back to the 1970s, when amniocentesis, a procedure to screen for genetic abnormalities, was becoming routine. That...
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